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The debut EP One Thousand Ways To Be has achelived national radio airplay in Australia on Triple J and has been played extensively on various community radio stations in Adelaide and Melbourne.



SE BON KI RA [seh-bon-kih-ruh] is an old Haitian proverb that means “Good is rare”. It is traditionally used as a blessing when signing off in communications. For the band it as a reminder of the preciously unique nature of human experiences and interactions and as a timely warning against complacency.

“It doesn’t take much of a look to find the good in SE BON KI RA.” - Rip It Up magazine

Following a successful 6pm time slot appearance at the 2010 Adelaide Big Day Out, SE BON KI RA is working towards an abundance of metal goodness. In Oct/Nov an east coast and trans Tasman tour will see the band share stages with Australian metal contemporaries Dreadnaught (Vic), Lord (NSW) and many more. Plans for a full length studio recording to commence early 2011 will provide an opportunity to record a few current band favourites along with some brutal new material. This is an exciting time for the SE BON KI RA clan.

“SE BON KI RA are one of the more outstanding artists in South Australia at the moment… An amazing, intense almost brutal live show is one of the better ones I’ve seen in a long time.” - Sacha Sewell, Big Day Out organiser.

SE BON KI RA live shows are an intense combination of energetic passion and fun. This is based on the belief that heavy metal can be powerful and carry meaning without conveying the negativity often stereotypically associated with the genre. As performers the band takes pride in bringing honesty to their craft. There’s no unnecessary gloss or polish here, but there is lots of sweat and the occasional drop of blood. Built on this primal foundation is a sense of sophistication and spiritual maturity, which is added to their song writing by previous involvement in a range of musical projects over a number of years. Members of SE BON KI RA have played in bands influential in the thriving Adelaide metal scene, including Truth Corroded, Sector III, Obdurate Seduction, Chakkra and Hammad. This rich history gives the band good a good platform for creativity, enabling them to shape their sound with plenty of experiences to respectfully call on for inspiration. With a ‘groove metal’ style and a wealth of local and international influences, SE BON KI RA offers a tasty morsel for a wide range of consumers of the hard and the heavy.

“SE BON KI RA play an easily accessible style of heavy metal, simply described with a comparison with US band Lamb of God. Hard guitars and tough guy vocals laid over an infectious groove and downbeat” - Faster Louder webzine.

Since the band’s first gig in November 2007, SE BON KI RA has been blessed with enthusiastic crowd responses, enjoying communion with metal lovers wherever they play. In 2009 debut EP “One Thousand Ways To Be” was launched to 350 people at a killer show in Adelaide. A highlight of this experience was achieving national air play of the title track when host of Triple J metal show, The Racket, Andrew Haug lifted it from the Unearthed website as his track of the week. One Thousand Ways To Be has gone on to be played further on The Racket, Melbourne metal radio and Adelaide community station Three D radio, where it reached number one on the Powersurge metal chart.

“…experience shines through on ‘One Thousand Ways To Be', as this is a mature and very cohesive release… a really impressive debut.” - dB Magazine

“…by far the best Adelaide metal release I have heard in quite some time” - Music SA.

SE BON KI RA has been privileged to share stages with Aussie thrash and metal legends like Mortal Sin, Alchemist, Double Dragon, Dreadnaught, Blood Duster, Psycroptic, The Amenta, Dyscord, Truth Corroded and Universum. Along with being on the Big Day Out line up in Adelaide 2010, another highlight for SE BON KI RA was picking up the main support spot for USA industrial metal merchants Static X at the Adelaide capacity show of their 2009 Australian tour.

“SE BON KI RA already has a well established fan base in their home town, clearly visible from the large (S) logo on the shirts of a dozen or so attendees” - Faster Louder of Against The Grain IV

The lyrics of debut EP title track One thousand ways to be invite the listener to think about choices and the myriad of opportunities that open and close in an instant. Sometimes this luxury of choice can be overwhelming. Australians tend to lack the strong guidance for being that is often present in more ancient cultures, and so we turn inward for direction and meaning. Regarding the fight to stay afloat on this sea of seemingly endless possibilities, SE BON KI RA suggests “Just suck it in, set your demons free. This is the pain of one thousand ways to be.”

“It’s rare to find a band - let alone a local independent band - with the same sense of spirituality.” - Rip It Up magazine.